Higher education in Sweden

This section explains some commonly used terms in Swedish higher education.

Credits: The number of credits tells you the length of a course or programme. A credit in Sweden is the same as an ECTS credit. One week of full-time study is worth 1.5 credits. One semester of full-time study is worth 30 credits. A whole academic year, which is 40 weeks, is worth 60 credits.

A Bachelor’s programme means that you study at least 180 credits, which is three years of full-time study.

Rate of study: This tells you how much you study during a study period. If the rate is 100%, you study full-time, but if it is 25%, 50% or 75% you are studying part-time.

At Södertörn University the semester is divided into four periods. Each period lasts 4 to 5 weeks and there is an examination week at the end of each period. Usually a student will take one full-time course per period and four consecutive full-time courses in each semester.

Campus/Distance
The campus is the university area. If you study on campus, you will have lectures or seminars at Södertörn University that you must attend.

When you study a distance course or programme, the majority of your studies are internet-based. For example, this means that you have lectures and discussions via the internet. Some distance courses and programmes may have a few compulsory lectures or seminars at the university.